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What Twitterers Are Giving up for Lent (2019 Edition)

Social networking tops the list of what Twitterers are giving up for Lent in 2019.

This year social networking topped the list, as it did last year, followed by alcohol, Twitter, chocolate, and, ironically, Lent. Swearing fell to #7 this year from #5 last year. With the absence of a major political or social event, 2019 was a fairly typical year for what people said they would give up for Lent.

This year, 44,291 tweets (excluding retweets) specifically mentioned giving up something, up from last year’s 29,609. In all, this year’s analysis covers 491,069 tweets, up from 427,810 last year.

Plastic

Giving up plastic has become increasingly popular in the past two years. In all, 464 tweets this year mentioned plastic of some sort, which would almost bring it into the top ten.

Over 1% of tweets this year mentioned plastic.

Brexit

The one major political event occurring over Ash Wednesday involved the ongoing Brexit debate. When British Prime Minister Theresa May accepted a suggestion that British lawmakers give up the EU for Lent, it led others to tweet the opposite:

Tweets about leaving the EU and Brexit outnumber tweets about the EU.

Depression and Anxiety

It was a banner year for those who said they were giving up both:

Tweets about both depression and anxiety increased substantially this year.

Winter

Tweets about cold weather were up this year, as they are cyclically depending on the severity of winter weather:

Tweets about both cold weather last peaked in 2015.

Gossip

Pope Francis this year suggested giving up gossip for Lent, leading to an increase in the number of tweets about it:

Tweets about gossip reached a new high this year.

Relationships

Even though last year Ash Wednesday fell on Valentine’s Day, this year the percentage of people saying they were going to give up a significant other rose:

The generic 'love' fell overall, however.

Fast Food

Chick-fil-A finally surpassed McDonald’s this year, and Chipotle continues its decline:

Taco Bell could surpass McDonald's next year.

Other Updates from Last Year

Hot Cheetos finally declined. Smoking and Juuling both rose. Tide Pods look to be a one-year phenomenon, along with Fortnite. Snapchat dropped off a cliff.

Top 100 Things Twitterers Gave Up for Lent in 2019

1.Social networking1,5290
2.Alcohol1,498+1
3.Twitter1,409-1
4.Chocolate8180
5.Lent770+6
6.Meat6840
7.Swearing606-2
8.Coffee563+1
9.Soda561-1
10.Sex511+3
11.Fast food473-1
12.Sweets460-5
13.School414+2
14.Men374+6
15.Work367+11
16.College346+9
17.Religion346+15
18.Bread336-4
19.You3270
20.Plastic3120
21.Sugar2940
22.Catholicism290+15
23.Giving up things289+10
24.Beer274-6
25.Chips269-9
26.Life258+3
27.Facebook227-15
28.Marijuana224+3
29.Brexit212+47
30.Boys204-8
31.Instagram195-4
32.Virginity187+28
33.Smoking175+7
34.Candy161-11
35.Starbucks144-1
36.Junk food138-3
37.Hope128+22
38.Homework128+8
39.Rice127+8
40.Breathing125+32
41.Cheese122-5
42.Donald Trump122+18
43.Red meat121-8
44.Lying1180
45.Food113+24
46.Wine111-5
47.Carbs111-6
48.Winter110+48
49.Fried food109+1
50.Masturbation109+6
51.Gossip108+41
52.Depression105+26
53.Anxiety103+30
54.Ice cream103-4
55.My job103+26
56.Him98+10
57.Cookies98-5
58.Pizza96-20
59.People94-5
60.Dairy94-15
61.Booze92-13
62.Procrastination91-3
63.Single use plastic84-10
64.Eating out840
65.Liquor81-7
66.Juuling80-1
67.Boba79+4
68.Christianity76+15
69.Takeout75-10
70.Caffeine75-15
71.Shopping74-17
72.Negativity73-46
73.My will to live69-1
74.Sobriety68-16
75.Online shopping66-1
76.Bills64+19
77.French fries64-16
78.Lint63+6
79.Chick Fil A61-16
80.Complaining61-29
81.Sleep61-11
82.Desserts60-15
83.Church60-5
84.Coke59-16
85.Pussy59-6
86.Hot Cheetos56-25
87.Netflix55-25
88.God54-3
89.Porn53-24
90.Snapchat50-73
91.Stress50-3
92.Oxygen50+4
93.Spending50-3
94.Pancakes46-21
95.Crying46-1
96.Diet coke46-19
97.Juice45-15
98.Chicken44-19
99.Cheating43-19
100.F***boys43-43

Top Categories

This year, the top celebrity was BTS, a Korean boy band / all-consuming lifestyle.

1.food8,004
2.technology3,688
3.habits2,963
4.smoking/drugs/alcohol2,820
5.irony2,097
6.relationship1,800
7.school/work1,490
8.sex1,164
9.religion1,016
10.politics440
11.generic427
12.money353
13.health/hygiene348
14.entertainment224
15.shopping182
16.weather171
17.sports165
18.possessions54
19.celebrity24
20.clothes16

Media Coverage

The Lent Tracker received some media attention this year:

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